Weekend sesshin

Weekend sesshin: 16 – 17 December 2023

Senior Teacher Guy Mokuho Mercier will lead this sesshin at Bristol Zen Dojo

Sesshin Leader:

Guy Mokuho Mercier began practising zazen with Master Taisen Deshimaru in 1973, becoming his disciple in March of 1976 after receiving ordination as a monk

After Master Deshimaru’s death in 1982, he remained active in the Paris sangha. From 1986 to 1991, he was again the tenzo at La Gendronnière, and became the head of the temple from 1991 to 1997.  In September, 2008, he received Dharma transmission from Sojun Matsuno Roshi in Takefu, Japan

Today, he is active in the AZI spiritual council, is the head of the Zen Centre of Lanau near Saint-Flour in central France and leads the Tenborin Zen Association.  He leads sesshins in France, Spain, Switzerland and England

Times & Dates:


Saturday 16th December: 08:00 – evening

  • with lunch and supper provided

Sunday 17th December: 8:30 am – lunchtime

  • followed by an informal meal


Bristol Zen Dojo
91-93 Gloucester Road

Please arrive ten minutes before the start each day, so that we can begin promptly

Outline Schedule

08.00 – 10.00 Zazen & Ceremony
10.15 – 11.15 Samu + Tea/Coffee
11.15 – 12.30 Zazen
12.45 – 14.30 Lunch + Samu/Siesta
14.30 – 16.30 Zazen + Mondo
16.30 – 17.00 Tea
17.00 – 18.00 Zazen
18.15 – 20.00 Supper + Rest
20.00 – 21.00 Zazen + 4 Vows Chant

08.30 – 10.15 Zazen & Ceremony
10.15 – 11.15 Samu + Tea/Coffee
11.15 – 12.30 Zazen
12.45 – 13:00 Kanpai
13:00 – Informal lunch + depart

To bring:

Dark, loose-fitting clothes for zazen

A zafu and a zafuton if you have one. There will be some spares to borrow

A bowl and spoon for food, with a cloth to wrap the bowl in

Your own mug

Suggested donations:

Weekend (both days): £45

Saturday only: £35

Sunday only: £10

Low waged: Half price


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No places available as at Friday 24 November

The sesshin is now full. Acceptance of payment is not a guarantee of a place. If you register, you will be added to the waiting list. Donations can be refunded if no place becomes available.